Forewind has the objective to achieve development consent for an agreed target installed capacity of 9GW of offshore wind farm projects by 2020. To ensure that the work associated with meeting this objective is managed effectively, and to more evenly distribute demands on stakeholders and the supply chain, Forewind has proposed to develop the zone sequentially in four stages, known as tranches.
The ongoing Zone Appraisal and Planning (ZAP) process will use both available information and the outcome of stakeholder consultations to identify the optimum location of these tranches offshore. Tranche A was identified 2010, Tranche B was defined in 2011 and Tranche C and D will be finalised at a later stage.
Within each tranche, Forewind aims to identify a number of project sites, each with a capacity of up to 1.2GW.
The area of each tranche will be larger than the footprint required for the individual projects to ensure that the location of those projects remains flexible throughout the data collection and stakeholder consultation phase. The identification of the individual projects within each tranche will take into account stakeholder discussions and with due consideration to environmental and engineering factors.
The location of the cable routes and onshore infrastructure will be significantly influenced by the grid connection offers made by National Grid. As Forewind receives these grid connection offers, the onshore ZAP process is the first step taken in identifying the optimum route for the export cable, from the offshore tranche/project to the onshore substation(s).
|Zone awarded to Forewind
||Stakeholder identification and consultation
||Zone Appraisal and Planning||Indentification of tranches for development||Identification of projects within each tranche||Individual project development / consenting process|
|Engagement objectives set out in Stakeholder Engagement Plan||Zone characterisation process including production of Zonal Characterisation Report||A number of tranches will be identifed||Stakeholder consultation, enviromental surveys and assessment, engineering and economic factors considered||Wind farms, each with a maximum installed capacity of 1.2GW, will be progressed|
If you would like to read more about the ZAP process and what we have done so far, please refer to the Zonal Characterisation (ZoC) Document (pdf 54Mb).
The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck converter station working group held its final meeting on April 25, 2013 and both the minutes and presentations from that, and the previous meetings, are now on the website.